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15 08, 2019

SLA vs. 3D Printing… there’s a big difference some don’t realize

August 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Many people commonly use the term SLA (Sterolithography) in place of the broad term 3D Printing/3D Printed. For example, “I need to have an SLA part made in nylon”, when what they really need is ‘a 3d printed part made in nylon’. (which would be produced with the SLS process, not SLA). SLA is a [...]

23 07, 2019

3D Printing on the Moon… finally someone is talking sense!

July 23rd, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing on the Moon... finally someone is talking sense! Up until this time I have found the media promoting stories about 3d printing on Mars, how limitless it would be and grand visions of just what could be accomplished, but... missing a very key component. How can you 3d print without limits on any [...]

10 07, 2019

3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping? Potato/Po-taa-toe?

July 10th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping? For any old school engineers or fellow 3d printing cohorts that have been around the block (like myself), you may recall back in the day that today's now common term of 3D Printing (additive method for 'growing' a part layer by layer from a CAD file) was originally referred to [...]

20 06, 2019

3D Printed Star Trek 3D Chess Pieces

June 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Although current technology is still a few years away from Star Trek's Replicator level, that didn't stop us from 3d printing chess pieces for this Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess set. We always have the coolest items to play with at our trade shows!

28 05, 2019

720 Individual 3d printed K’NEX pieces built this cool digger!

May 28th, 2019|3D Printing|

We created this cool K'NEX project for our tradeshow booth display and it was a bit hit! People actually came specifically over to our booth to take pictures and selfies with it to send off to their kids. Made using SLS and nylon12, then post coloured with our own developed process, over 720 individual pieces [...]

8 05, 2019

Touching Customer Review on Son’s 3D Printed Lego Urn

May 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

16 04, 2019

The ‘Magic’ of SLS (selective laser sintering), Removing the Build

April 16th, 2019|3D Printing, 3D Prototyping, Uncategorized|

Surprisingly, removing the build is actually the exciting part of the SLS 3d printing process! Not watching it as it builds. Most think watching an SLS while building would be the interesting part of of the process, however because of the way the process builds,  there's actually very little to see. Here's a super basic summary [...]

4 04, 2019

Our 3d printed SLS plastic Star Trek TOS communicator -cool right?!

April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

From the 'only because we can' category... Working at a 3d printing company certainly has its privileges! In 2016 I pre-ordered a Star Trek TOS bluetooth communicator as a gift for my husband. Instead of yet again wrapping a piece of paper with a promise, one or our techs got to work and did me [...]

27 03, 2019

3D Printing request UNLIKE ANYTHING in 23 years

March 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

My week started with a phone call and a question as to whether our company could help with a very personalized item. Within one minute, it was shared that this customer wanted a 6” custom Lego brick followed by these words “this will be an urn for my son’s ashes, who recently passed away from [...]

19 03, 2019

5 Common NDA Mistakes (our experiences)

March 19th, 2019|3D Printing, Invention Help, Inventions|

As we are in the 3D Printing business, it's common for us to be asked by new customers to sign an NDA prior to sending their CAD files. Having worked with 3D Prototype Design now in my 17th year I've personally viewed multiple NDA's, have experienced and found a few common mistakes I [...]